homemade granola bars

have y'all ever tried making your own granola bars?
i made my first batch recently & they turned out to be the perfect snack!
i got this recipe from @feelgoodfoodie on insta.

no-bake enery bars:
1 cup oats (i used organic rolled oats)
1/3 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

mix ingredients together in bowl & then spread mixture in pan & refrigerate for 2 hours. 
slice & enjoy

since i wanted to make these little gems right away i had to use the ingredients that i had at home. here is how i modified & they came out great!

1 cup oats
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (hey, dark chocolate is good for us!)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp flax seed

i found that putting the bars in the freezer made them stick together a little bit better. 



words of wisdom

i am a big believer in living a happy life. 
sometimes this means being selfish & living for yourself, but that's okay. 
everyone deserves happiness
do what makes you happy. 


a few of my favorite things

 {homemade blt's}

{mt. rainier showing her beauty}

 {legendary doughnuts}

{early morning sunrise}


sleep is good

sleep is the most important part of recovery.
our body needs a lot of rest & sleep which i am so happy about because i'll gladly sleep as long as i can!

5 benefits of sleep:
- better health
- better sex life
- less pain
- lower risk of injury
- better mood 


lemon water

a few months back, my friend & i decided to try the master cleanse.
it sounded like a wonderful idea while we were reading about it. if you don't know what the master cleanse is, it's a cleanse where you drink a lemon water concoction that includes water, fresh squeezed lemon juice, organic maple syrup & cayenne pepper. while on the cleanse you are allowed to drink h2o & the lemon water- that's it, no food!
 the cleanse typically lasts anywhere from 3-7 days and then there are those people who have great mental control and push for a longer time frame: 10- 30 days << those people are insane! 

so here we come thinking we're all mentally strong & can handle just drinking water for 3 days.
epic fail. 
we lasted a half of a day.
we called each other crying, begging to eat a piece of chicken before we ate our arm off & completely threw in the towel because we felt like we were going to die.
literally, die.

this chick needs food.

what i did end up doing was starting my day with a lemon water to cleanse my system & jump-start my metabolism.

since moving to washington i had gotten out of the habit of drinking lemon water.
lately, i've been feeling kinda blah & my skin has been gross. for the last few days i've made lemon water apart of my morning ritual & have noticed a huge difference. my skin looks better & i feel better.
you should try it!

here is what i do:
8oz water
half of a lemon squeezed
about 2 tbsp grade a or b organic maple syrup or organic raw honey
1 tsp cayenne pepper or cinnamon

it's delish warm or chilled.